It’s no secret I am completely sold to Graphic Novels. They are the only things I have read for the past 2 years. Which is basically since I graduated… Huh! So, I go from library to geeky coffee shop and back to bookstores in search of those heavy wonders. Something that’ll make my heart race and my fingers shiver from excitement and restlessness.
First thing I look for: aesthetic values, i.e. the art work, the movement, the quality, the coloring! Because that is one thing, the coloring is often off and very aggressive to the eyes. And another point is the covers are almost all in color, but the inside is completely black and white and sometimes very rughly sketched. Also, the cover seems to be of a different aesthetic then the rest of the book. So the right combination is the ultimate deal here. Then it’s the composition, the structures and the choice of subjects. If the chick as huge boobs and no other redeeming quality, I’m passing. So you can forget you ever met me at this point forward, or continue reading!
In order to further grab my attention you need: gritty characters and punk inspired settings and backgrounds. Design clothing, 90’s classics and post-apocalytic steampunk are great choices as they touch the basics of composing a gritty and gutsy image. The image can overall still be soft and have that gritty appeal as did ”White Out” by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber. Last but not least, the story needs to be realistically social and political. If you talk about how you are so depressed and sad about everything, I’ll close the book and move on. On the same note, if you include a 40 year old woman rediscovering herself in a vampiric mode, or through platonic sexual attire with a young industrious man… Need I say, I’ll also move on to other matters. Though if you show me a burning city scape and a running artist, or better yet a beautiful mural and take the time to include a tofu sign… It is on!
My all time favorite 3 picks you say?
DMZ -by Brian Wood
Tank Girl – by Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett
Tekonkinkreet – by Taiyō Matsumoto
(not to mention it’s wonderful animated picture!)